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Downloading Extortion
Patience is no longer a virtue for the masses: "As long as it remains difficult for people to access the most popular types of content from their home computers, illegal downloading will continue unabated." This quote says a lot ["Invasion of Piracy," Keegan Hamilton, Feature, 8/10]. It's not that people aren't willing to pay for content — it's that they want it now. While I can understand that going to a movie theater isn't exactly a cheap or pleasant experience anymore, why not just wait for it to come out on DVD and watch it legally? We used to have to wait years between the time a movie was in theaters to when it appeared on television, and now people can't even wait a few months? People have no patience anymore.

Kaylum

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Party Poopers
No more holiday shindigs for the developmentally disabled: The Department of Recreation and Parks has truly done a great injustice to the disabled community by eliminating this wonderful program that brought such joy into the lives of many people ["The Party's Over," Matt Smith, Column, 8/10]. I attended many of the parties as an aide and a volunteer, and always had such a great time mingling and dancing with the most wonderful people on earth.

The disabled do not ask for much, and for Rec and Parks to take away a large part of their happiness is unforgivable. They [Recreation and Parks] say the program was not inclusive. My question to that is, what programs do they have in place now that are inclusive?

Sandystarr1

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Blog Comments of the Week
In response to a blog post about Phish fans' defense of their beloved band: I am a Phish fan. I saw my first show in '95. I thought Ian S. Port's paragraph was funny, and the follow-up article was great ["Why You Should Never, Ever Write Anything Negative About Phish," Ian S. Port, All Shook Down, 8/3]. Make no mistake, he needs to have a thick skin if he's going to take any kind of jab at the band we love. There are a lot of poseur fans that just don't get it, and love to run their mouths. That said, any real Phish fan knows that Phish is not for the masses, and is damn glad of it! Especially us older fans who broke into the jam band scene with the Grateful Dead, and remember what happened when "Touch of Grey" became a hit!

Harpua420

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Don't expect a fairytale from Phish fans: Don't expect roses and unicorns from Phish fans when Port starts off an article with a jab like that. He doesn't have to like Phish; I love Phish and most of my friends don't. It's cool. But have a little integrity and respect the biggest draw at this [Outside Lands] festival — don't just dismiss Phish because it's hip for indie kids to hate on jam bands.

Kyle

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Just ignore the jam band, but don't disrespect Phish: Ian S. Port just doesn't get it. He can not like Phish all he wants. But to badmouth their fans and tell people not to see what they might think is a really amazing show — that's just disrespectful. If he doesn't like them, just ignore them. No need for the negativity against them.

Tela

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Ramona Fuller

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Jim Roberts
Jim Roberts

The whole Phish or no Phish debate maybe old but I wanted to add my 12 steps of post Treydom

1.We admit we are powerless over the opening chords of Tweezer— that our cd shelves have become unmanageable from the endless releases of LivePhish discs2.We have come to believe that a Power greater than ourselves (Garcia) could restore us to musical sanity.3.Made a decision to turn our listening habits over to the possibilities that there are other valuable forms of music that do not require 30 minute masturbatory guitar solos 4.Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of our wardrobe5.Admitted to Garcia, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our guilty secrets (that Ted Nugent album we bought as a teenager).6.That we are entirely ready to recognize that Rift was as good as it was going to get and that was over17 years ago7.Humbly asked Him to remove our Birkenstocks and tie dyes and burn the fuckers in righteous hellfire as an aberration to humanity.8.Made a list of all persons we had harmed by insisting they listen to that guitar break on ‘Antelope’, you know the one that sounds like Trey has reached another plane ‘Maaaan’ and have become willing to make amends for even thinking that a fat drummer in a dress honking on a vacuum cleaner was ‘rad’ 9.Have recognized wherever possible that the Jam scene is moribund and self serving and the advancement of improvisational music is no longer being served by the existence of Widespread Picnic & Stringy Cheesy Thingywhatsthiscrap etc..10.Continued to take personal inventory of our record collections and when we find that copy of Vida Blue we said we would listen to one day but never have we promptly take it to the Higher Power(Ameoba) for cleansing (trade).11.Sought through listening to Love Supreme and meditation to Bitches Brew to improve our conscious contact with Garcia and as we understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for Haagen Daas and the power to eat a whole pint for breakfast.12.Having had a musical awakening as the result of these steps, we have tried to carry this message to Phisholics, and to practice these principles in all our online music purchases (oh we pray to the lord God Amazon)IF ALL ELSE FAILS…. LISTEN TO ROUND ROOM!

 
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